Melissa Gillian Marsden is a passionate advocate for social justice and a self-confessed political junkie.
It was almost destined that from the moment she was born, she would forever have a lot to say. The granddaughter of a proud Yorkshire woman and fellow Leo zodiac, she would always retain the ability to “talk underwater with a mouth full of marbles”. Likewise, it was unsurprising that from an early age, she was instilled with a fierce sense of loyalty, protectiveness of loved ones and a love of arguing her point (even if it ended in tears).
After being diagnosed with a lifelong, life-threatening medical condition six weeks after her birth and suffering a traumatic brain injury at the age of six years old, leaving her with low vision and short term memory loss, Melissa knew from the beginning that fairness and equality are notoriously contested and complex issues. She was also taught that not everyone views people with disabilities as ordinary people, capable of great success and failure, strength and weakness that can be (although admittedly not always) completely irrespective of that disability.
Now as a 25-year-old university student with degrees in politics, international relations, history and currently journalism, Melissa has come to the conclusion that perhaps her love of understanding why the world is the way it is and the tools she has developed whilst at university can be used to shine a light on issues of injustice whilst allowing her to have a good rant at the debates raging in public and political discourse.
Melissa comments regularly on her blog, Framing The Narrative.